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House votes to require greater insurance for Uber drivers

Uber and other ride-sharing services would be required to maintain $1 million insurance coverage for all drivers from the moment the driver accepts a ride request to the time the ride ends under legislation adopted in the state House on Tuesday.

House Bill 190, sponsored by Rep. Rich Golick, R-Smyrna, also calls for a minimum $300,000 coverage for bodily injury or death and $50,000 for property damage whenever a driver is logged into the company's system but not carrying passengers.

Golick framed the issue as one of fairness and safety. A spokesman for Uber, however, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the bill will make it very difficult for them to operate in Georgia.

The bill does not address background checks, taxes or licensing of drivers, although separate legislation will be in a House committee later Tuesday.

The bill passed 141-26 and next goes to the Senate.